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Ondatrópica - "Chop 'n' Quench"

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Latin music supergroup Ondatrópica covering man, myth, legend Fela Kuti on this new single of theirs for Soundway Records. If you're unfamiliar with this band, they just so happened to put out one of the most ambitious records in modern Latin music last year. The band features approximately forty members--many of whom have long histories as performers of cumbia and Latin Jazz.

Check out a review of the band's self-titled release below:

Meridian Brothers- "Salsa Caliente (Versión Aumentada)" (LOVED)

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Soundway Records shares a bid of oddball salsa from Meridian Brothers. You can catch a really lengthy bio on 'em here.

The whole project is spearheaded by multi-instrumentalist and musical eccentric Eblis Álvarez, who Soundway Records credits as being a pretty notable figure in Bogotá's experimental music scene. From the sound of this track alone, I'd say that's an accurate assessment. The strange synths, warped guitar leads, and apathetically delivered vocals creates one of the most unique experiences I've ever had with Latin music. Period.

Look for Meridian Brothers' new album, Deseperanza, to drop on Soundway on September 24th.

Ondatrópica- "Tiene Sabor, Tiene Sazón" / "I Ron Man"

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Columbia's Ondatrópica is nothing short of a musical supergroup, featuring both seasoned vets and young up-and-comers in Columbian music. The whole project has been spearheaded by musician Mario Galeano and producer Will ‘Quantic’ Holland, and the group's self-titled LP is out now viar Soundway Records.

Anyway, how to explain this LP. Well, I suppose the most interesting thing about it is getting this particular mix of both young and old musicians together in a room has resulted in a huge variety in tracks. Songs such as "Tiene Sabor, Tiene Sazón" has really classic cumbia sensibilities, while the Latin revamp of Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" not only feels fresh, but intentionally goofy as well.

I like that these guys can show off some tasteful music with traditional tendencies while modernizing things with beatboxing, strange covers, different musical styles such as ska, strange effects, and more.

The band shoots for a festive mood with every track on this new release. Depending on which version you get, you could be dealing with up to twenty seven tracks, too!

Dig on "Tiene Sabor, Tiene Sazón" above and "I Ron Man" below.

Mati Zundel- "El Alto de la Paz" (feat. Boogat)

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From Argentinian dance producer Mati Zundel's recently released LP Amazonico Gravitante comes "El Alto de la Paz," a track that features the vocal talents of Canadian resident Boogat. The album hit the shelves on March 20 via ZZK Records, and can be snatched over at the label's website.

If you've been keeping an eye on the loved list lately, you may remember Ondatrópica's “Punkero Sonidero,” a track that blended elements of cumbia and electronic music into an exciting piece of dance music that tapped into both aged styles and fresh sounds. "El Alto de la Paz" succeeds in a similar fashion, pulling together a nice mixture of traditional drum sounds, buzzing synths, and an irresistibly danceable sensibility. Boogat leads the song effectively, using his versatility as a vocalist to alternate between rapping verses and singing anthemic choruses in Spanish. The song's inclusion of these different ideas gives it a cross-cultural appeal that could apply to music nerds and Latin American natives alike.

Ondatrópica- "Punkero Sonidero" (LOVED)

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Soundway Records is my go-to label when it comes to the most pristine cuts from lost trends in music from around the world. If you're looking for some rare afro-funk compilations circa 1970, then they're your first destination, believe. However, the track streaming above is a rare instance in which these guys are releasing something new.

"Punkero Sonidero" is the latest single from Ondatrópica, and it's a raw, upbeat piece of astro cumbia that I'm completely smitten with. Not only does the track bring the nimble horns and accordion that one would expect from this style of music, but there's synthesized bass really propelling the tempo into a four-to-the-floor groove--not to mention the strange, futurist sounds coming from the echoing synth arpeggios, psychedelic swirls of sound, and weird guitar leads.

It's a track that maintains the energy and groove of the past, but is boldly unafraid to try new things. Look for this 7" single on June 25th.